My name is Stephanie Parks, and I am a Focus Campus Missionary for UMD.
I don’t follow many channels, but I do have a few favorites! Enjoy!

Ultimate Dog Tease
I love a good dog video. And dogs in general. Check out this hilarious talking dog!

#Ham4Ham Playlist

Anyone that has talked to me in the last six months knows of my absolute love of the new Broadway musical Hamilton, which chronicles the life of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. So of course, I had to include this playlist in my lineup. But what does #Ham4Ham mean?? Well, because tickets are expensive and nearly impossible to come by for this show, the cast has created the “Ham 4 Ham” Lottery, in which twenty front-row seats are raffled off for $10 apiece for each and every show! That means a bill with Hamilton’s face gets you a Hamilton ticket! And, because of the number of people that turn out for the drawing each day, the cast has taken to putting together a short performance every couple of days for all those that are waiting in line to put their names in. Some of the performances happen right outside the theater, while others (like this one) are special features that are filmed ahead of time. I love to stalk this playlist for the day’s Ham 4 Ham performances, which include the cast and crew members and a variety of special guests. It’s the next best thing for those of us who haven’t yet seen the show to pretend we’re there!

I Don’t Understand God Sometimes

I’ve used this video in Bible Study after Bible Study! This guy speaks truth. I studied English in undergrad, so I’m a huge fan of the poetry of his words; but his performance captures the crazy, confusing, joyful, scary, confounding journey that is the Christian life. I think way too often, when we pray, we reduce God to the version of Him that we can understand. We put human limits on His love and mercy. It’s no wonder, then, that we sometimes doubt Him, that we have trouble trusting, that we question His movements. But if we come before Him always remembering that He is Someone who loves us with a love that is far beyond our understanding, we are able to trust just a little more.